Love my little UCube speakers. Great sound for the price. They are so compact and look great, matching my MacBook. Setup was easy. All I had to do was select the speakers within System Preferences under sound. They are basically plug & play. They have a USB connection to the computer and the cubes are joined by a cord. Sometimes I leave my MacBook on my cafe table in the kitchen and leave the speakers connected on the window sill. That's how much I like the look. Music while I'm cooking is always so relaxing. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. The only thing better would be if they came out with a wireless version. Complete perfection.
The best way to describe the sound of these speakers is (in my mind) "crisp". Hi-hats and cymbals come across crystal clear. The mid-tone ranges sound solid. The only reason for subtracting one star is the bass tonal quality. It doesn't pack much of a punch, and the bases sound a bit muted. The solution here would be to add a bass cube, making it a 2.1 system, which I would find appropriate for the current price -- or maybe up to as much as 179.99, but not more.
Regarding their construction: they are sturdy and feel solid. The only improvement that could be made is to where the stands attach to the speakers: they are screwed on through a single hole, allowing the speakers to twist diagonally when handled. Perhaps the stand fixture area on the speaker could include notches to prevent this.
One other thing I noticed right off the bat, and that I have a little trouble with: the speaker-to-speaker cable is short, no more than 3 feet. I would appreciate a 6-foot cable here, so that I can place the speakers on the far sides of my desk.
Would I buy these speakers again? Yes, they are excellent workstation speakers. However, if you are an audiophile, make sure you have a bass unit to compliment these speakers. Aside from the bass, they sound great. And don't take me wrong, the bass isn't bad, just not at the same level as the mid- and high-ranges on these speakers.